Guys and DollsDirector: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
This 1955 film began life as two Runyon short stories, the most prominent of which was "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown." This material was fleshed out into a 2-act libretto by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, then set to music by Frank Loesser and directed by George S. Kaufman. Opening late in 1950, Guys and Dolls was one of Broadway's hottest tickets for several seasons. The plot involves a certain Broadway citizen by the name of Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), who maintains the "Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York." Seeking a location for his latest high-stakes game, Nathan has an opportunity to rent out the Biltmore Garage, but he needs $1000 to do so. He decides to extract the money from high-rolling Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), known for his willingness to bet on anything. Nathan wagers that Sky will not be able to talk the virginal Salvation Army lass Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) into going on a date with him. While Sky goes to work on Sarah, Nathan endeavors to fend off his girlfriend Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine, repeating her Broadway role), who has developed a psychosomatic cold because of her frustrating 14-year engagement to the slippery Mr. Detroit. Thanks to some fast finagling, Sky is able to take Sarah on that date, flying to Havana for this purpose. By the time they've returned to New York, Sky and Sarah are in love, but their ardor cools off abruptly when Nathan, unable to secure the Biltmore garage, attempts to use Sarah's mission as the site of his crap game.
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Cast & Crew
|Marlon Brando||Sky Masterson|
|Jean Simmons||Sarah Brown|
|Frank Sinatra||Nathan Detroit|
|Vivian Blaine||Miss Adelaide|
|Robert Keith||Lt. Brannigan|
|Stubby Kaye||Nicely-Nicely Johnson|
|B.S. Pully||Big Jule|
|Johnny Silver||Benny Southstreet|
|Sheldon Leonard||Harry the Horse|
|Danny Dayton||Rusty Charlie|
|George E. Stone||Society Max|
|Regis Toomey||Arvide Abernathy|
|Kathryn Givney||General Cartwright|
|Veda Ann Borg||Laverne|
|Mary Alan Hokanson||Agatha|
|Joe McTurk||Angie the Ox|
|Stapleton Kent||Mission Member|
|John Indrisano||Liverlips Louis|
|Harry Tyler||Max, Waiter at Mindy's|
|Sam Harris||Spectator at Song and Dance Number|
|Matt Murphy||The Champ|
|Julian Rivero||Cuban Waiter|
|Larri Thomas||Goldwyn Girl|
|Harry Wilson||Man in Barber Shop|
|Franklin Farnum||Spectator at Song and Dance Number|
|Frank Richards||Man with Packages|
|Joseph L. Mankiewicz||Director,Screenwriter|
|Arthur S. Black||Asst. Director|
|Jay Blackton||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Howard Bristol||Set Decoration/Design|
|Alexander Courage||Musical Arrangement|
|Roger Heman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Fred Lau||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Frank Loesser||Score Composer|
|Cyril Mockridge||Score Composer|
|Warren Newcombe||Special Effects|
|Irene Sharaff||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Oliver Smith||Production Designer|
|Vinton Vernon||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Joseph C. Wright||Art Director|
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If you don't like musicals you probably won't like Guys and Dolls, but it is a wonderful piece of fluff. The characters are so set in themselves and all the timing so perfect that it is a joy to watch. (Did they really talk like that?!) Stubby Kay's song "Sit Down" is a masterpiece. All the actors are superb in their roles, even when you don't much like them (their roles). It's not "War and Peace", but it's lots of fun.
Guys & Dolls is a classic musical. It is fun to see a young Marlon Brando as Sky Masterson, and a young Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit. The music is catchy, Luck Be A Lady, and Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat. Who wouldn't love the lyrics when Sgt.Sarah Brown sings If I were a bell I'd be ringing, or if I was a salad I'd be tossing my dressing. Sure it's a corny musical but with Frank Loesser music/lyrics it throws you back to another place and time like any good musical should. It gets an A plus in my book for the music and the story line.
Guys and Dolls is a wonderful movie about how this man is addicted to gambeling. this movie is about how this gambler's soon to be wife is tired of waiting for him to get the money to marry her. they have been engaged for 14 years and from waiting it is affecting her health. on the other hand you have the man who is the best gabler in the world who gets stuck in a sticky situation because he falls in love with this women who is big on religion and against gambling. all in all this is a cute movie about the random relationships between men and women and how most guys would do anything for their doll.
Sometimes the old films are the best, this is one of those. Great cast,great story...a must see.
Im in this show at my middle school and i'm playing Sky Masterson, so i jumped to see this movie. I thought that this was going to be some old boaring movie that put me to sleep. I was so wrong! Although some singing could be better this is still 2 thumbs way way up!
Great cast, great songs.